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With the mostly unloved Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren set to get the official axe in 2009, the path is clear for the next McLaren-branded supercar to be unveiled. Expected to be built at its facility in Woking, England, McLaren has plans for the as-yet-unnamed vehicle to compete with Ferrari's incredible F430. Rumored to be powered by a 550-horsepower V8 engine featuring a basic design snagged from Mercedes and built by Mahle (that of the former Cosworth tuning fame), the power-to-weight ratio should handily outdo that of the Prancing Horse. Shortly after the new coupe codenamed P11 is unveiled, a convertible version is also expected.
True hardcore McLaren enthusiasts should mark 2012 as the year that McLaren returns to form with a proper replacement for its awe-inspiring F1 of a few years back. Powered by a lightweight version of the P11 architecture, this car codenamed the P12 is expected to be powered by a V10 engine with over 600 horsepower. The waiting list will likely start right... about... now.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Just 600HP? You can get that in a Chevrolet, Dodge, or Ford. And seeing as how the SLR is dangerously close to 4000 lbs, I don't know how much hope I have for them anymore. The original F1 had 627HP (the road going version, anyways) and was 2500lbs.

      You guys better stop making heffers and slapping cool badges on them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        INFACT THANK GOD THAT ITS ONLY 600. What do you want? a 4 tonne fat ass car which has a 1000hp? NO USE ! Rather have it lighter which will keep the power low and easier to handle as well! Common sense!
        • 7 Years Ago
        You may think that the F1 is the car of all cars... I do not
        and I'm sure I'm not alone

        I think the F1 was pointless, vulgar, arrogant and a bad drive.

        But I'm really not that fond of the hyper/super cards like the F1s, Veyrons, Zondas and the like... I'm more of the down to earth sport/super cards.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mercedes had more to do with the SLR's weight and other issues.

        IF McLaren is going this alone, and working from it's own clean sheet, with a trained eye on the McLaren F1, this will bear almost no resemblance to the SLR, and be quite light weight.

        The F1 had over 600hp, but it was unlike any other, it revved to 8000 RPM much quicker than most cars get to their lower redlines. And it did so without forced induction.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love to see another center driving 3 seater!

      Love even more to see them push the boundary and make it electric.
      • 7 Years Ago
      gordon moray sold mclaren so i wont say it will be better than the F1 LM
      • 7 Years Ago
      V8 mid engined mini-Mac?

      Where the hell do I sign up, and where do I have to go to get the money to pay for it...

      if it is in the idiom of the McLaren F1, but brought down to sane-supercar prices and takes on the F430 and Gallardo's, or even R8's home turf...

      The Germans and Italians had better be ready. This brit has an edge to 'im.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring back the 3 person, center driver seating set up! That was awesome. With a car like this, you need at least 2 extra seats for all the tail you'll get.
      Oh, and the fastest car around top gears test track only has 500 hp... The Caparo T1, it weights 470kg (1000lbs)

      • 7 Years Ago
      "Rumored to be powered by a 550-horsepower V8 engine featuring a basic design snagged from Mercedes and built by Mahle."

      So what do you mean "snagged"? Was it "snagged" with Mercedes' blessing? If not, I figure McLaren will have a lawsuit on their hands.

      • 7 Years Ago
      If Gordo is leading this project, I'll buy a poster of this car. If Mercedes has anything to do with it, I'll buy a Ferrari.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not content with their rivalry in Formula 1, McLaren are taking the fight to the road, and from car enthusiasts point of view, it's looking good (and probably sounds even better, since the cars would go out of sight way too fast)